Preparation time: 15
Cooking time: 20
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 small bell pepper (any color), chopped (1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 cups uncooked instant white rice
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until almost crisp. Add beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic and salt; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
Stir in water, tomatoes, olives and Italian seasoning; heat to boiling. Stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until melted.
* If your in a rush, delete bacon and and use a teaspoon of garlic powder instead of the cloves.